Paddling Day Paddle on the Grand (Thanksgiving Weekend)

  • 07 Oct 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • Lower Lafortune Park, 2365 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken
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  • Registration opens two weeks before the paddle.
  • Non-members are welcome to participate in up to two club events before joining and must meet the skill level requirements for the paddle.

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Paddling Title Day Paddle on the Grand (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Type of Trip Day Trip
Date(s) Oct 7, 2023
Registration Opens Day trip - 2 weeks before trip date
Registration Opens on this date (at 12:00 am) Sept 23rd
Name of Volunteer Trip Leader(s)

Dorothy Rideough

Gabriela Sebestyen

Email of Volunteer Trip Leaders(s)
Trip Address Lower Lafortune Park
2365 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0
Google Map Location of Parking
Body of Water Grand River and Big Creek
Paddling Vessels Permitted Recreational kayaks permitted
Boat Launch Location
Arrival Time Before Launch 10:00 AM
Launch Time (On the Water Time, Sitting in Cockpit) 10:30
Maximum number of paddlers including leader(s) 7
Boat Rental Available Yes
Boat Rental Details Contact Dorothy
Bathroom Facilities Porta Potty
Trip Safety Requirements, What to Bring PFDs must be worn at all times while in your kayak;
A sprayskirt is required unless otherwise specified as a rec boat paddle;
Transport Canada requirements for equipment is also a HOC trip requirement: 15m of buoyant heaving tow line, sound signal device, bailing device, watertight light for ½ hour before sunset or ½ hour after dawn;
Wet exit practice (formally called wet exit lesson) within the last 12 months in the current kayak that you are using for a trip;
Kayak with sealed fore and aft bulkhead compartments unless specified as a rec boat paddle;
A minimum of one spare paddle per 2 participants

Please note the club does not provide equipment. If rentals are noted above, it is at the expense of the club member. Please read the details.
HOC Trip Rating
(* in those conditions)
Grade A (Beginner) Entry level skills; Forward stroke ability; Reverse stroke ability; Turning stroke ability; Wet exit
Wind Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Light to Moderate; 15 kms/hour; Wind noticeably affects movement of the paddler
Waves, Breaking Waves, Swell Grade A (Beginner) Under 1 foot waves; No breaking waves (Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled; no whitecaps)
Current Grade B (Comfortable Beginner) Mild currents; Up to 2-3 kms/hour
Open Crossings Grade A (Beginner) No open crossings
Landing Type Grade C (Intermediate) Steeper slope; narrower landing zone; rocky; slippery; OR Docks
Landing Frequency Grade C (Intermediate) No more than 5 kms between landings
Total Distance Per Day Grade D (Comfortable Intermediate) Up to 25 kms
(Please read the Trip Rating details.)
HOC Paddling Trip Rating Tool
Trip Cost
Trip Cancellation Policy For day trips with no cost, please self cancel. Go to the club website. From the menu, select: ATTEND EVENTS > HOW TO SELF CANCEL
Additional Trip Details We will paddle up the Grand and up Big Creek; possibility of boat traffic on the Grand. and possible mild current. Landing spots very scarce on Big Creek and there is also the possibility of obstacles. Paddle will be approx 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Bring a snack if you like but there is no lunch stop. Hoping for some fall colours!

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